George Cygnet Baker

George was born on 18 December 1897, the son of Annie and George, the owner of the Swan Hotel in Thame. His father was originally from Surrey, and Annie was George (Snr)’s second wife as he had been widowed. When they married, George Snr was 47 and Annie was 27. George (Jnr) was born a year after the marriage.

He first attended Oxford House School but moved to LWGS in January 1908 as a day boy and was placed in form II. He left in December 1915 from form IV after which he became a motor works assistant and motor engineer. He enlisted in the Navy on 13 March 1917 and joined the Royal Navy establishment RN President II, a training facility. His service records reveal that he was a mere five foot five inches with brown, brown eyes and a fresh complexion. He saw active service in the Eastern Mediterranean during February and March 1918. After the end of the war, on 12thFebruary 2019 he transferred to the RAF with the rank of Air Mechanic class 2, later class 1. He was discharged on 30thApril 1920 and on 1st January 1921 married Elsie Julia Carey at Princes Risborough.

He returned to the motor trade but re-enlisted in the Reserve. On 25thJuly 1939 he was living at 102 High Street Thame, his occupation given as ‘military service’.

He died on 8 January 1959 at 153 Wootton Road, Abingdon, leaving £2480 to his son, Dennis Cygnet, like his father a ‘motor car fitter’. He was buried in the churchyard at St Mary’s, Thame.

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